Dogs’ owner was a 20-year trainer, but “Great Dane/mastiff” mixes, actually Cane Corsos, apparently did not respond to “Halt!”, “Stop!”, “No!” or even “Down, boy!” & a gun did not help
PORTLAND, Oregon––The dog attack death of six-year-old Loyalty Charles Scott, also called Mukie or Mookie Scott, on December 5, 2023 in Portland, Oregon, demonstrated the falsehood of several of the most cherished shibboleths of dangerous dog owners:
- That a child who is educated about dangerous dogs and experienced around them will be safe;
- That trained dogs are safe dogs.
- That experienced dog trainers are safe dog trainers.
- That training can correct genetic traits that make a dog dangerous.
- That keeping guns makes a home safer, if only because a gun can be used to stop a dog attack.
Loyalty Charles Scott, the Cane Corso victim, was the third of three children born to Chelsea Irene Scott, now 33, following sisters Honesty and Serenity.
Chelsea Irene Scott claims affiliation with the Tlingit tribe of Alaska,
Multiple Facebook accounts detail Chelsea Irene Scott’s struggles over more than a decade with addiction, unstable relationships, and frequent job changes.
Chelsea Irene Scott was arrested at age 22 in 2012, after a car chase through Portland, Oregon, with Kevin Reinhard, 20, and Shawn Keele, 26.
The men were charged with possession of methamphetamine and firearms offenses. Scott was charged only with possession of methamphetamine.
Dogs in the family
Subsequent to that, Chelsea Irene Scott returned to Alaska for a time. Loyalty Charles Scott was born, requiring surgery in early childhood.
Loyalty Charles Scott’s social media postings for several years focused on raising her children.
Later Chelsea Irene Scott had a single-sex relationship with a woman named Amy Hamilton, who posted photos of Loyalty Charles Scott.
Chelsea Irene Scott in 2019 posted photos of three dogs, a female husky by herself, and a Dachshund mix with an Olde English bulldog and Loyalty Charles Scott, looking out a window.
Mistook mother’s identity
Dog attack victim Loyalty Charles Scott also appears to have spent a great deal of time, especially in recent years, with his aunts.
Mariah Scott, 31, and Kathryn “Katie” Scott, 48, formerly Noell, both women, married in July 2014.
From available photos and video, ANIMALS 24-7 in first posting this article mistook Mariah Scott rather than Chelsea Irene Scott for Loyalty Charles Scott’s mother.
ANIMALS 24-7 apologizes to all concerned for the confusion.
Though one might presume otherwise, since Mariah and Katie Scott are a single-sex couple and the Scott family are Native American, Facebook postings by Katie Scott indicate they are firearms enthusiasts whose politics lean far right.
Mariah and Katie Scott appear to have already had at least one pit bull in their home when Loyalty Charles Scott was born in 2017.
Two pit bulls & a Rottweiler
Two pit bulls, an adult and a puppy, appear along with a Dachshund in Scott family videos believed to be from 2018. A Rottweiler also appears in photos.
Mariah and Katie Scott started Scott Painting & Construction in Milwaukie, a Portland suburb, in 2021.
Katie Scott posted a photo of a recently acquired Rottweiler puppy in September 2023.
Loyalty Charles Scott, having been around high-risk dogs for almost his entire six-year life, might be presumed to have had little or no fear of dogs, no matter how big and perhaps regardless of anyone’s warnings.
Child opened garage door
Reported KPTV of Portland, approximately 90 minutes after Loyalty Charles Scott was killed, “Just after 7:30 a.m., Portland Fire & Rescue responded to a dog mauling inside a home.
“At the scene, crews found a woman with injuries to her hands and a 6-year-old boy dead. The woman was taken to an area hospital for treatment.
“Police learned the boy’s grandmother,” later identified as Rena Scott, “had dropped him off with her friend who takes him to school” at nearby Glenfair Elementary, where Loyalty Charles Scott was in the first grade.
“The friend, who is the dogs’ owner,” KPTV explained, “had gone into the garage where her dogs were when the boy opened the door to the garage and one of the dogs mauled him. A second dog was also involved.”
“That’s why they were in the garage”
Said Portland Police Bureau public information officer Mike Benner, “The boy knew not to go around the dogs. That’s why they were in the garage. We understand that the homeowner/dog owner did everything in her power to stop this attack, at some point even grabbing a gun––it never got that far. She did everything she could to save this boy’s life.”
Except, of course, not keeping two Cane Corsos whom police described as “very large and heavy Great Dane/mastiff mixes,” in either a garage or home where a child might enter.
Multnomah County Animal Services later removed and euthanized both Cane Corsos misidentified as “Great Dane/mastiff mixes,” leaving at the scene a third dog who was apparently not involved in the fatal attack.
Multnomah County Animal Services said it had received no prior complaints about dogs at the address, but the dogs were not licensed, county spokesperson Alicia Mendez told media.
Koko Miller of K9 Protection
The dogs’ owner was not promptly identified by police, but reporters including MacKenzie Tatananni for DailyMail.com soon identified her as Koko Miller, 55, owner since 2003 of a business called K-9 Protection.
“It is unclear what the company does,” Tatananni wrote.
Koko Miller herself answered that question, on the David Douglas High School Class of 1986 web site:
“I train dogs for a living, from ordinary obedience to personal protection. Whatever the client(K-9 owner)wants or can afford.”
“Everybody knows there’s nobody meaner than the little old lady from Pasadena”
“I have a lead foot,” Miller went on to confess. “Way too many speeding tickets. Which is a bunch of BS. (Most of our laws are getting ridiculous.) We aren’t a free country, we are a policed country. The State of Oregon is corrupt,” Miller alleged.
“The State or Department of Motor Vehicles, they’re one and the same, will threaten to take your driver’s license away, but most of our laws were passed to take our money. If you pay your fines then you’re free to drive as you please, so I still drive.
“Laws are made to produce revenue for the state,” Miller finished.
Would you trust a chronic speeder who brags about it to take your children or grandchildren to school, even if she did not also have a garage full of vicious dogs?
Koko Miller on June 13, 2014 posted to Facebook, after a police officer shot a pit bull in Hammond, Indiana, “Save a dog. Shoot a cop.”
Who gave an 89-year-old woman a 100-pound pit bull?
Over-confidence around dangerous dogs appears also to have been a factor in the mauling death of Beverly J. Hayden, 89, killed in her own living room in Logansport, Indiana by a pit bull or possible Cane Corso she had apparently only recently acquired.
Hayden, a descendant of a pioneer family who settled in Logansport in 1834, widowed in 2010 after a 58-year marriage, was said by a Gundrum Funeral Home obituary to have “loved visiting the casino, and playing bingo.
“Beverly also dearly loved her 13½ year old dog, Goldie, who recently passed away. She took Goldie with her everywhere, even to Walmart,” the Gundrum Funeral Home obituary said.
Goldie, photos indicate, was a small dog.
Cass County Sheriff Ed Schroder told media that “first responders were called around 5:50 a.m.” about an “elderly female who had been attacked” by her own dog.
Schroder said a family member was present at the time of the attack but was unable to stop the dog, who subsequently escaped from the house.
According to an all-points bulletin from the Cass County Sheriff’s Department, “The male dog is described as a black pit bull with a white chest, weighing 100 pounds. The dog is not wearing a collar.”
The pit bull or Cane Corso was found and impounded after an extensive drone search of the area.
A relative, Ron Hayden, later posted a photo of what he said was the dog with victim Beverly J. Hayden, shared by another relative, Travis Hayden.
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